I have a homeserver in my flat. The local area network is fast ethernet and an external harddrive is connected to the server via USB 2.0. What is the bottle neck when copying files over the network? USB or LAN? I just wanna know, because if the network itself is the slowest part, then I am going to upgrade to gigabit ethernet.
- Hard drive: 50-100 MByte/s (recent 1 TB or bigger). Smaller 2,5" is not much slower nowdays.
- USB2 mass storage: 30-35 MByte/s maximum.
- Fast Ethernet: 11 MByte/s maximum.
Conclusion: Fast Ethernet is the bottleneck in theory. Upgrading to Gigabit may help a bit, if your homeserver - and the client of course - has a Gigabit interface, but YMMV.